Industry Leading Speakers
We've pulled together some of the leading experts and thought leaders in our industry to share their insights. Attendees will be able to ask questions directly to speakers, making this an opportunity you simply can't miss.
Co-founder and CEO
Naomi Allen is the co-founder and CEO of Brightline, the leader in technology-enabled pediatric behavioral health care. As the mom of three amazing kids, Naomi has seen firsthand the challenges in navigating the behavioral health system. She started Brightline in 2019 to reinvent the way behavioral health care is delivered for children, teens, and their families. Today, Brightline is delivering integrated care through innovative technology, virtual behavioral health services, and a collaborative care team focused on supporting families across a range of common challenges.
Naomi is a leading entrepreneur with over 20 years of hands-on experience developing highgrowth healthcare technology companies. Prior to starting Brightline, she was the Chief Growth Officer for Livongo, overseeing key strategic growth initiatives including new markets and acquisition operations, new category launch, and IPO preparation. She has held executive roles spanning operations, sales, and product as a founding team member of Castlight Health from inception to IPO. Before that, Naomi was a leader at McKinsey’s Silicon Valley office, helping to build their West Coast healthcare technology practice. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and received her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Learn more about Brightline at hellobrightline.com
Imran Andrabi, MD
President and CEO
Since June, 2017, Imran Andrabi, MD, has been president and chief executive officer of ThedaCare®. Before joining ThedaCare, Dr. Andrabi was chief operating officer and then president and CEO of Mercy Health in Toledo, Ohio. During his tenure with Mercy Health, Dr. Andrabi served as president of the Mercy Physician Group and president of the Clinically Integrated Network, and chief network integration officer for the region in Toledo. He served as chairman of the board for Mercy Health Physicians across the Mercy Health system and vice chair of the board of the clinically integrated network Advanced Health Select in Ohio. Dr. Andrabi has experience with residency programs and has served as a faculty member with the Medical College of Ohio and the Ohio University.
Dr. Andrabi is a family medicine physician who graduated from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his transitional year residency and then his family medicine training at Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, where he served as chief resident. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and American College of Managed Care Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Katie is a Director at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., and focuses on designing meaningful employee health and welfare plans. Prior to working at The Hartford she managed domestic and international benefit and well-being programs at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, International SOS, and Goldman Sachs. She started her career supporting large employers with their health and welfare benefits administration prior to transitioning to the employer side. Katie is a graduate of Susquehanna University and lives in Cheshire, CT with her husband and two children.
Ray Baumruk is a Vice President at Alight Solutions and leads the firms Employee Experience Research & Insights team and related thought-leadership on employee experience and overall wellbeing assessment and design. Ray also collaborates closely with the Alight Innovation Lab dedicated to bringing relevant insights, trends, and foresight into the new solution development process at Alight. Prior to this role, Ray was the Global Employee Engagement Consulting Practice leader at Aon Hewitt. During his more than 25 years of experience, he has worked with thousands of organizations on a broad range of human resource, employee engagement, human capital analytics, employee experience, and wellbeing engagements.
Ray earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Masters of Science in Management from Purdue University. He is also certified in the application of design thinking methods from MIT and predictive analytics from Northwestern University.
Ray authors both of Alight’s primary workforce research studies – The Employee Wellbeing Mindset Study and The Workforce Mindset® Study. He is a contributing author to and often quoted in numerous periodicals including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Workspan Magazine, and HR Executive as well as having appeared on television programs for Bloomberg, CNBC, MSNBC, and Lifetime.
When not being inspired (or driven crazy) by his Gen Z and Millennial boys, you can usually find Ray traveling with his wife, playing tennis, or enjoying a wonderful glass of wine or craft beer somewhere near water.
President, U.S. Group Health
Kelly Bliss is president of U.S. Group Health. She oversees sales, client management, and client and commercial operations for the business.
Ms. Bliss has strong expertise in creating cohesive client-focused organizations. Most recently, she held the position of chief client officer at Teladoc Health. Under her leadership, client services achieved record growth and retention through a focus on delivering value and a best-in-class experience to our clients. Ms. Bliss also built and managed high-functioning, global teams at companies such as Best Doctors and InterSystems. At Best Doctors, she served as chief of staff, leading the organization’s key strategic growth initiatives until the eventual acquisition by Teladoc Health in 2017.
Ms. Bliss was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare Software of 2020 by The Healthcare Technology Report and serves as executive sponsor for the Teladoc Health Women’s Network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from Nichols College.
Dena Bravata, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Dena Bravata is a healthcare entrepreneur and executive who advises healthcare technology and services companies. She currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Castlight Health. Dr. Bravata is the co-founder of Lyra Health where she also served as the Chief Medical Officer from 2015 to 2016.. Dr. Bravata was a practicing internist for 16 years in her own private practice and as an attending physician at Stanford University and the Palo Alto VA. As a senior research scientist in Stanford’s Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research and a nationally recognized health services researcher, Dr. Bravata has published widely on the clinical effectiveness of a variety of key clinical and public health topics. She has served on the Governing Council of the Stanford-UCSF Evidence-based Practice Center, the board of trustees of the Society for Medical Decision Making, and was an assistant public health officer for Santa Clara County. Dr. Bravata has an undergraduate degree from Yale University, an M.D. from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in health policy from Stanford University. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Ambulatory Care Fellowship at Stanford University.
Municipalities, Colleges, Schools Insurance Group (MCSIG)
Roxanne Buckner is the Executive Director of Municipalities Colleges Schools Insurance Group (MCSIG), a California Joint Power Authority that insures the health benefits for over 30 public agencies throughout California, primarily in education. Roxanne has served MCSIG for almost 30 years, including as an accountant and most recently as deputy executive director. During her tenure, MCSIG has introduced successful initiatives to bring better care to members at an affordable price point for both members and MCSIG, including implementation of the BridgeHealth surgical COE program, which has achieved a significant ROI year over year for MCSIG and implemented a generic mail-order pharmacy program that delivered medication at zero cost to the member and a substantially reduced cost for MCSIG. She also supported the growth of MCSIG’s nationally recognized wellness program. Throughout her time with MCSIG, Roxanne has welcomed the unique opportunity MCSIG has had in connecting its members with affordable, high-quality care in one of the most expensive healthcare regions in California – the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding areas. When she is not leading the MCSIG team, Roxanne enjoys traveling, and spending time outdoors, including partaking in her new favorite pastime – boating on the beautiful Monterey Bay.
Well-being Senior Manager
Mary Burnett began her career in Corporate Fitness, moved into employee benefits, and now leads employee well-being for Cigna Corporation. She is primarily focused on delivering health and wellness programs for the organization both nationally and globally and delivers solutions to support Cigna's comprehensive benefits strategy. Mary also serves on a number of health and safety committees impacting the overall welfare of the workforce particularly over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been with Cigna for 30 years and is located just outside of Philadelphia.
Sree Chaguturu, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Sree Chaguturu, M.D. is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark, where he focuses on ensuring patients have access to safe and affordable prescriptions, while also contributing to the overall mission of CVS Health. He most recently was Chief Population Health Officer at Mass General Brigham and previously was a health care consultant at McKinsey and Company. Dr. Chaguturu is also a practicing internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. His articles have appeared in publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs. Dr. Chaguturu received his BA degree in biology from Brown University and his doctorate of medicine degree from Brown University Medical School. He completed his internal medicine and primary care training at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Christine Celio, PhD
National Clinical Director of Mental Health Integration in Primary Care
Christine Celio, Ph.D., serves as the National Clinical Director of Mental Health Integration in Primary Care at One Medical. In this role she leads design, implementation and evaluation of mental health assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment for One Medical's primary care providers. In addition, she treats patients in individual psychotherapy for One Medical. Prior to this role, she established the psychotherapy program and led the onsite enterprise mental health program for One Medical. She also has served as an onsite psychotherapist for trust and safety teams at technology companies. She studied psychology and cultural and social anthropology (BA), the sociology of culture and education (MA) at Stanford University and holds Master's and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She completed her residency internship at the West Los Angeles Veteran's Administration Hospital with a focus on behavioral health and her post-doctoral fellowship in Primary Care Psychology from the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. FROM Christine leads design, implementation and evaluation of mental health assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment for One Medical’s hundreds of primary care providers. She also is a practicing clinical psychologist and treats patients in psychotherapy for One Medical. Christine Celio, Ph.D., serves as the National Clinical Director of Mental Health Integration in Primary Care at One Medical. In this role she leads design, implementation and evaluation of mental health assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment for One Medical’s primary care providers. In addition, she treats patients in individual psychotherapy for One Medical. Prior to this role, she established the psychotherapy program and led the onsite enterprise mental health program for One Medical. She also has served as an onsite psychotherapist for trust and safety teams at technology companies. She studied psychology and cultural and social anthropology (BA), the sociology of culture and education (MA) at Stanford University and holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She completed her residency internship at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Hospital with a focus on behavioral health and her post-doctoral fellowship in Primary Care Psychology from the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.
Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Supplier Inclusion-Corporate Headquarters
The Kroger Co.
With over 30 years of experience in the Grocery Industry, Angel Colón is not only veteran in the field, but a champion of diversity and corporate change.
Angel joined Kroger in 2008 as the Director of Multicultural Business Development. He led a team of Multicultural professionals and was responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy that establishes Kroger as a destination for its diverse set of customers. In 2017, he was promoted to his current role as a Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Supplier Inclusion. Angel ensures that Kroger has diverse talent, minority suppliers and engaged Associate Resource Groups.
His career began with Goya Foods in Puerto Rico and Chicago where he acquired foundational knowledge he would build upon. In 1991, he joined the Kellogg Company where he served for 17 years. Mr. Colón served in many roles for both companies with a broader vision that included merchandising, procurement, marketing, ethnic marketing, category management, recruitment and supplier diversity integration. He was a charter member of the Latino Resource Groups at Kellogg’s and Kroger. Angel is a Co-Chair of the Procurement Council for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member of the Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council and is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
In 2018, Mr. Colón was named Advocate of the Year by the Ohio Minority Diversity Council. In 2019, Angel was named Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan of the year by the state of Ohio.
Angel earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration and a Diversity and Inclusion certification.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Fernando Correia is the Chief Medical Officer at SWORD Health, where he leads clinical validation and clinical affairs. Born in Europe, he specialized in Neurology and trained in both in Portugal and in the UK (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children). He is a Fellow of the European Board of Neurology since 2015. He also holds an Executive Master’s degree in Health Management.
He is part of the founding team at SWORD, guided by the firm belief that technology can lead healthcare into a new era, one where high-quality, evidence-based medicine is available to everyone, not just a select few. He also believes that a more humanistic approach to healthcare is needed, and that technology and the human touch can go hand in hand and make each other better.
Benefits Senior Advisor
Eydie Cusack has been working in various roles in the employee benefit space during her 16+year career at Express Scripts and now Cigna. As a Benefits Senior Advisor at Cigna, she is currently focused on various whole person health initiatives including mindfulness, EAP, onsite support, coordinating an annual Global Wellness Challenge (30,000+ participants in 2020) and a focus on employee resilience in 2021.
Founder and CEO
Mette Dyhrberg is the founder and CEO of Mymee Inc. An economist turned diagnostician. She conceived of Mymee after years of being treated by a healthcare system that did not know how to effectively identify and manage autoimmune diseases. From the very beginning, she believed that decoding the body’s hidden patterns would lead to a truly personalized approach to disease management. As an authority on autoimmune issues, Mette speaks regularly on how to reinvent healthcare.
Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Stephen Ezeji-Okoye serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Crossover Health. Stephen has a passion for population health and redesigning systems to drive improvements in quality and efficiency. He became proficient in the application of Lean Manufacturing principles to drive quality improvement during his tenure at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). There, he helped improve Veteran care through a focus on disease prevention, chronic disease management, social determinants of health, and the use of Complementary and Integrative Health practices to promote self care.
After completing his internship, residency, and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford, he started his career holding a wide range of clinical medical administrative positions at the VAPAHCS—including leading the Ambulatory Care Service for ten years, and twelve years as Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing all clinical operations. He has served as a Clinical Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford University School of Medicine, a national consultant to the VA on the use of Integrative Medicine practices in VA care, and as an Advisory Council member to the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Stephen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, earning an AB in Anthropology, and attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Stephen is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Senior Vice President, Health Innovation
Janet is a leader on Aon’s Health Innovation team focused on creating next generation healthcare and benefits solutions. She has spent her 30-year career helping employers solve their most pressing employee benefits challenges. In her current role she is leading the national development of solutions and market expertise in areas such as virtual care, provider guidance platforms and health care navigation solutions. Janet is passionate about making healthcare easier and more accessible and affordable for employers and their employees and families.
Janet holds an MBA in Marketing and Hospital and Health Services Management from Northwestern University and a BA degree in Journalism and German from Colorado State University.
Senior Consultant, Absence, Disability & Life Practice
Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Melissa has worked in the employee benefits field for more than 22 years and currently serves as a Senior Consultant with Trion located in Denver, Colorado. Melissa’s experience includes client relationship management, implementation, consultant/broker relations, and service delivery operations. She has extensive knowledge in time away programs, leaves of absence, disability, federal and state leave laws, state mandated disability, state paid family leave laws, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, business travel accident, and voluntary benefits.
Melissa’s background includes four years working at an insurance carrier in the life, absence, and disability business group. Melissa has worked in a consulting capacity for the last 18 years and is responsible for day-to-day client service and strategic planning. Melissa works closely with large, complex employers and actively engages her clients on strategy, program and business case development, requests for proposals, implementation, and data analytics. Recently, Melissa has also been helping her clients align their benefits programs with broader diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to create more flexible and inclusive designs.
During her 22 year career, two years were spent in Los Angeles, two years in San Francisco and 18 years in Denver.
Melissa was born and raised in Chicopee, MA. She is a graduate of Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA with a paralegal major, and she holds a life resident producer license in Colorado. She currently resides in Denver, CO with her husband, Erik, daughter, Zara, and her two cats, Abigail and Penelope.
Chief People Officer
Ethos Veterinary Health
Holly Firestine is the Chief People Officer for Ethos Veterinary Health, a national network of 24 emergency and specialty hospitals in 10 states. She has over 20 years of leadership experience within the healthcare industry and has twice served as the very first Chief People Officer for employers. A nationally recognized speaker known as an innovator and transformer of human resources, her strategies and initiatives have resulted in a large employer being named a Top 100 Best Place to Work in the country by both Fortune and Working Mother Magazines and a Healthiest Employer. She is a Boston founding member of Chief, a private network of executive women built to drive more women into positions of power and keep them there.
Melissa is a Senior Director at ConsumerMedical focused on product innovation and strategic engagement initiatives. Prior to joining ConsumerMedical, she was part of the benefits team at Honeywell where she managed U.S. health and wellness programs, and employee communications. Melissa has a passion for designing and implementing innovative health benefits aimed at delivering quality outcomes and managing cost, while improving the consumer experience. She is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Melissa currently lives in Chatham, NJ with her husband and two teenage sons.
Director of Benefits and Wellness
As the Director of Benefits and Wellness, Yvonne Frame focuses on the design and strategy of worldwide benefits and well-being programs, along with operational oversight of Cerner's fitness centers. She makes an impact on Cerner by bringing forward progressive programming that empowers our associates and their families to realize positive outcomes and promote productivity and well-being in work and life.
Yvonne joined Cerner in 2014, after spending 16 years in benefits consulting. Yvonne is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and has earned the Group Benefits Associate (GBA) and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designations.
BJ Fogg, PhD
Founder and Director, Behavior Design Lab
BJ is a behavior scientist, with deep experience in innovation & teaching. At Stanford University, he’s directed a research lab for over 20 years. He also teaches his models and methods in special Stanford courses each year. Today, BJ devotes 50% of his time to Stanford and 50% to industry teaching & innovation.
Co-founder and CEO
Peter Hames is co-founder and CEO of Big Health, a digital therapeutics company focused on sleep and mental health. Big Health's 24 hour solution tackles both the most common night- and day-time symptoms of poor mental health - Sleepio for poor sleep, and Daylight for worry and anxiety. Backed by the world-leading evidence base for any digital therapeutic (13 RCTs and counting). Peter is an NHS Innovation Fellow, and holds a Masters in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. It was his own experience of insomnia, and how he overcame it, that inspired him to found Big Health and create Sleepio.
Monique (Wantland) Harty
Wellness Program Manager
Monique (Wantland) Harty is the Wellness Program Manager at U-Haul International. She has served in this role since 2016, influencing corporate initiatives while implementing programs, benefits, and education for Team Members across the U.S. and Canada. In 2019, she spearheaded development of the “You Matter” program, an EAP providing mental health benefits to all Team Members. She is now overseeing implementation of an onsite health clinic inside the emerging U-Haul fitness center at the Phoenix headquarters.
SVP of The Center for Digital Health & Innovation
A digital health leader and clinician with over 25 years of experience designing, implementing and optimizing the health care delivery system using digital health tools and technology. She is the SVP of The Center for Digital Health & Innovation for Optum Health, where she is creating a first-of-its-kind connected health ecosystem using industry-leading digital health tools and telehealth. She most recently led clinical operations for Amazon Care, a healthcare initiative for Amazon employees and their families. Before joining Amazon, she designed and launched a national solutions center for patient access, virtual care, and care coordination for Ascension Health. She has a proven track record of delivering successful programs at scale that improve health and save money. She is an adjunct faculty member in Population Health at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas-Austin and at the University of Washington School of Nursing.
Henderson thrives with complex challenges and consistently delivers results that exceed expectations. She is known for her ability to execute and sustain these models in advance of them becoming an industry standard as evidenced by her first launch of a telehealth program in 2003 which is recognized as one of only two of HRSA’s Centers of Excellence. She is resourceful, collaborative and known for her creative solutions that engage patients and empower clinicians. She has testified before multiple U.S. Senate committees and given numerous presentations across the country, including a TEDx, to advance telehealth policy and share innovative new models of care.
A few of her other leadership roles include service as an executive board member for the American Telemedicine Association; Association of American Medical Colleges Telehealth Committee member, American Nurses Association co-chair for Committee on Connected Health and National Quality Forum Telehealth Committee. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Emergency Nurses Association.
Henderson received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she was recognized as the 2019 Distinguished Alumna from the School of Nursing. She maintains national certification as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.
Chief Product Officer
Mike joined Accolade in November 2015 as Chief Product Officer. His focus is on transitioning Accolade from a services company to a products and services market leader. Mike and his team of more than 200 technology professionals are responsible for the company’s innovation strategy, platform development, product and software design, clinical strategy, as well as platform and ecosystem partnerships.
Under Mike’s leadership, Accolade has developed a secure, open and scalable technology platform designed to support millions of members across the U.S.; enabled flexible design and development to respond to market needs; integrated mobile, online and telephonic applications; and leveraged an intelligent analytics engine with billions of data insights on member health, benefits engagement, provider quality, transparency and more.
Prior to Accolade, Mike was co-founder of Concur with Accolade CEO Raj Singh and Steve Singh. Mike was the founding CEO of Concur, and spent more than 20 years in various roles, including Chief Product Officer at the time of the company’s acquisition by SAP in 2014.
Before co-founding Concur, Mike helped launch the sales force automation space as part of the team that created ACT! at Contact Software/Symantec. He began his career at Apple, where he led the development efforts for MacWrite Pro, the leading word processor for the Macintosh at the time.
Mike received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Santa Cruz. He serves on the boards of Apptentive, which provides customer sentiment measurement solutions for brands, and Plex Systems, the first smart manufacturing platform to empower product innovators.
Michael Jablonski, PhD
Vice President of Neuroscience Medical Affairs
A medical affairs and translational research professional, Michael Jablonski brings over 14 years of experience in neuroscience, genetics, and personalized medicine in biotechnology and academic research. As Vice President of Medical Affairs, Mike provides strategic direction for field medical and medical information including positioning of research and development strategies for Myriad Neuroscience products. Mike has published extensively in the fields of psychiatry, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and sleep medicine and holds multiple patents for novel treatments of neurodegenerative diseases demonstrating his experience in translating scientific knowledge to improve treatment options for patients. Mike earned a PhD in neuroscience from Thomas Jefferson University, a MS in medical sciences from Drexel University, and a BA in psychology from Northwestern University.
Senior Director of U.S. Health & Wellbeing
Mike serves as Sr. Director of U.S. Health & Wellbeing for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and their more than 1.3 million associates and families. In his role, Mike’s responsible for designing benefits for a wide variety of Health and Wellbeing programs.
With 20+ years of benefit management experience, Mike is convinced Employer Plan Sponsors play a pivotal role in innovatively transforming healthcare.
Charles Johnson has suffered an unimaginable tragedy that strikes too many families – and has made it his life’s mission to save others from the same fate.
In April 2016 Charles’ healthy and full-of--life wife, Kira, gave birth to their second beautiful child. But Kira immediately began struggling in ways that the hospital staff could not explain, even as Charles watched and implored the staff that something was horribly wrong. Kira died within hours.
Charles was understandably overcome by grief – grief that turned into outrage. He channeled his pain and his passion into founding a nonprofit, 4Kira4Moms, that is dedicated to changing systems to better prevent birth-related deaths. 4Kira4Moms advocates for improved maternal health policies and regulations; educates the public about the impact of maternal mortality in communities; provides peer support to victims’ family and friends; and promotes discussion of maternal mortality as a human rights issue.
Charles has shared his story and advocated for change through countless live events and media appearances all over the country, including at the March for Moms rally in Washington, D.C., last year. Last September he testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health about the need to pass the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 – which, as you know, was indeed passed by Congress and signed into law.
When he is not advocating to improve maternal health practices, Charles is busy raising his two sons, Charles V and Langston.
Business Group on Health
Pam is a vice president of Business Group on Health where she has led the team focused on membership and member services for over 19 years. Business Group on Health is the only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspectives on critical health, well-being and workforce strategy issues. The Business Group keeps its membership on the leading edge of innovation, thinking and action to address the delivery, financing, affordability and experience with the health care system. Leveraging its network of members and industry thought leaders, the Business Group drives change by sharing best practices, shaping health care policy and crafting innovative solutions to improve employee health and well-being and optimize business performance. Business Group members, many of whom have operations globally, include 70 Fortune 100 companies and over 430 companies who provide health coverage and well-being solutions for more than 60 million workers, retirees and their families in over 200 countries.
President and CEO
Business Group on Health
Ellen is president and CEO of Business Group on Health. Business Group on Health is the only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspectives on critical health, well-being and workforce strategy issues. The Business Group keeps its membership on the leading edge of innovation, thinking and action to address the delivery, financing, affordability and experience with the health care system. Leveraging its network of members and industry thought leaders, the Business Group drives change by sharing best practices, shaping health care policy and crafting innovative solutions to improve employee health and well-being and optimize business performance. Business Group members, many of whom have operations globally, include 70 Fortune 100 companies and over 430 companies who provide health coverage and well-being solutions for more than 60 million workers, retirees and their families in over 200 countries..
Previously, Ellen served as Chief Strategy Officer of the Business Group. During this time, she was responsible for shaping the strategy for the organization and its membership. She had overall strategic and operational responsibility for all key initiatives.
Prior to joining the Business Group, Ellen was a senior partner at Mercer; a global human resources consulting firm. During her 20-year tenure with Mercer, she held several roles including: senior strategic consultant, member of the North America Leadership Team, and market business leader for East, South, Mid Atlantic and Canadian regions. She was responsible for leading the successful delivery of strategic consulting services to clients across the geography. She also led several strategic and operational initiatives on behalf Mercer’s North America Health & Benefits business. Ellen worked at Aetna prior to joining Mercer.
Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and business administration from the University of Richmond and is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of several industry organizations and is an active volunteer at the Arlington Free Clinic.
Senior Vice President
Fidelity Workplace Consulting
Robert Kennedy is the Health & Welfare Practice Leader for Fidelity Workplace Consulting. Robert is responsible for monitoring the emerging health care landscape and setting the strategic direction of the Practice. He also is responsible for leading client relationships focused on H&W consulting services, working with Fortune 1000 organizations on the strategic design, pricing, and delivery of their health & welfare programs.
Robert also partners with the Business Group on Health each year to conduct the annual Well-being survey which explores employer investments in health and well-being programs and identifies emerging trends. The work allows organizations to use the data to benchmark their programs against the broader marketplace, develop effective strategies to manage employee health risk, and gain valuable insights into emerging best practices. Robert is frequently quoted discussing the implications of this well-being research.
Robert has over 30 years of experience in the employee benefits field. Prior to joining Fidelity, Robert spent 19 years at a consulting competitor where he held a variety of leadership positions.
Robert is based in Boston, MA.
L. David Kingsley
Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
L. David Kingsley is the chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Alteryx and is responsible for leading the company’s global human resources (HR) teams across talent acquisition, onboarding, total rewards, learning and development, HR business partners and corporate social responsibility (CSR), including the Alteryx for Good program. David’s passion for data-driven insights and leadership supporting Alteryx associates in their roles and career paths is key as the company scales for continued global growth.
David brings over 20 years of experience helping global, value-driven companies grow through focused initiatives around workforce and succession planning, leadership development, employee experience and employer brand initiatives. His strong background in using data to drive employee engagement in high-growth companies is amplifying the Alteryx mission of using analytics to put the thrill back into problem solving. David’s commitment to building diverse teams and an inclusive culture at Alteryx empowers associates to build best-in-class products and efficiently serve the company’s growing customer base.
Prior to joining Alteryx, David served as the chief people officer of Vlocity, leading up to and through its acquisition by Salesforce. Prior to Vlocity,
David served in executive roles at MuleSoft as the head of global people and places, and at Salesforce as the senior vice president of human resources for strategy and operations. He has also served in organization development practice leadership roles at Accenture and Booz Allen, working with clients in the U.S. intelligence community, Oil & Gas, communications and high technology industries.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Catholic University and a master’s degree in organizational sciences from George Washington University. He is a retired Lieutenant from the U.S. Navy Reserve and lives with his family in Newport Beach, California.
Jeff Krauss, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Krauss graduated from Harvard College, earned his Medical degree from UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Stanford University.
On top of Dr. Krauss’ full-time role at Hinge Health, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford in the Department of Orthopedics, and continues to practice as a part-time Staff Physician at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
VP of People Services
Rich is the VP of People Services at ArcBest, one of the nation’s largest comprehensive logistics businesses. Rich is responsible for Healthcare, Wellbeing, Human Resources, Compliance, Safety, Payroll, and Retirement Services. Driving technology and healthcare innovation are cornerstones of his team’s work. By leveraging ArcBest’s people-first, data-driven approach to healthcare supply-chain optimization, ArcBest has achieved negative healthcare trend since 2008. Our focus is on improving outcomes and reducing population risk, without shifting costs to participants. Rich holds degrees from the University of Arkansas and Sam Walton School of Business. In addition, he serves on numerous boards and advisory boards.
General Manager, Global Health & Wellbeing
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Jae started her career as an Administrative Dietitian and practiced in both Canada and the US as a Director of Nutrition in healthcare, business and education for 10 years prior to moving to the corporate world in the Human Resources area. She joined Delta Air Lines in July of 2006.
In her role at Delta, Jae is responsible for developing and executing initiatives that drive "a culture of health and wellness" across Delta globally by translating the Company's strategic health and wellness goals into clearly defined and developed initiatives to impact the health & lifestyle risks of 75,000 employees and their dependents worldwide.
She has successful developed programs that engage employees, garner the support of business units and are tied to metrics which demonstrate their value. Delta’s comprehensive wellness programming strives to achieve positive outcomes in physical, mental, financial wellbeing and work life resources as it supports Delta people in a journey to better health.
Jae is passionate about finding effective and creative solutions that assist people achieve their wellbeing goals for themselves and their families and the communities in which they live. Along with a Bachelors of Science degree from Western University in Ontario Canada and Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) designation, she completed her PMP (Project Management Professional) certification in 2012 and recently graduated from the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University in February of 2018.
Jae resides with her husband, two teenage daughters and Jack Russell, in Milton GA.
Lindsay Lagreid works at the intersection of research and application. As a Senior Advisor for the Limeade Institute, she is energized by applying what science tells us to help large organizations enhance their employee experience and demonstrate authentic care.
Tom X. Lee, MD
Tom is the CEO and visionary behind Galileo -- a next-generation health care delivery model designed for the future. Using innovative technology and human-centered design, Galileo improves clinical outcomes while reducing total cost of care across broad, complex and diverse populations.
Prior to Galileo, Tom helped build One Medical into the leading, independent primary care system in the country. In addition, he was responsible for mobile and web products at Epocrates, serving as Chief Medical Officer and lead designer.
Tom is a board-certified internist who completed training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his BS from Yale University, MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD
President of Health Platforms
Verily Life Sciences
Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., is President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company whose mission is to apply digital solutions that enable people to enjoy healthier lives. A radiologist and healthcare executive, Lee also serves as a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is the author of The Long Fix, a book about improving the American healthcare system. For six years, Lee led the University of Utah Health as Dean, SVP and CEO of the $3.5B integrated health system, academic campus, and health plan. The system was recognized for its health care innovations that enabled higher quality at lower costs (JAMA & NYT) and with higher patient satisfaction (NYT, HBR, NEJM), and in 2016, was ranked first among university hospitals in quality and safety (Vizient).
Elected to the National Academy of Medicine with ~200 peer-reviewed publications, Lee’s NIH-funded laboratory has developed novel methods for measuring kidney function and vascular disease with MRI. A healthcare leader, Lee serves on the Defense Health Board of the Department of Defense, the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Fund, and is also a director on the board of Zions Bancorporation, a publicly traded company.
Dr. Lee is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, received a D.Phil in medical engineering from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earned her M.D. with honors from Harvard Medical School, and received her MBA program from NYU.
Harlan Levine, MD
President, Strategy & Business Ventures; Chair of the Board
City of Hope; AccessHope
Harlan Levine, M.D., is president of strategy and business ventures for City of Hope. In this role he is accountable for strategy, innovation and growth, drug commercialization, payer strategies and the Center for International Medicine. He also serves as the chairman of the board of AccessHope, City of Hope’s wholly owned subsidiary focused on serving the employer market and making leading edge cancer care available to all regardless of geography.
Prior to City of Hope, Dr. Levine held executive roles at United Health Group, Towers Watson, and Anthem, Inc. He currently serves as a board member for BioScienceLA, Active Life Scientific, Trapelo Health, and Keck Graduate Institute’s Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for California Lutheran University’s School of Management and is a work group fellow for Health Evolution Forum’s New Models of Care Delivery.
He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and medical degree from University of California, San Francisco, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Sarah S. Lewis
Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Sarah S. Lewis serves as the Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Hartford Healthcare, where she oversees the development and implementation of the system's strategy to quantify and introduce interventions to reduce health disparities across the communities HHC serves. Sarah also leads the healthcare system's diversity, inclusion, and belonging strategy, blending training, education, and recruitment efforts. Sarah previously served as Vice President for Health System Services at the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and her professional background includes service in both the legislative and executive branches of New York State government; corporate social responsibility consulting, diversity and inclusion and advocacy campaign development; and a variety of roles for electoral campaigns. Sarah holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master in Public Health from the department of policy and management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Chief Operating Officer
American Foreign Service Protective Association (AFSPA)
Kyle Longton is the chief operating officer for the American Foreign Service Protective Association (AFSPA), where he oversees insurance and professional service programs to support the health and wellness of Federal employees, annuitants, and family members around the world. He also serves as the deputy director of the Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service, managing grant programs exceeding $700,000 each year for needy Foreign Service retirees and their spouses, as well as the parents of active duty FS personnel.
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff at U-Haul International, Jessica Lopez leads company-wide operations and initiatives that help enable its 30,000 Team Members to serve customers across the largest network of do-it-yourself moving and self-storage in North America. Jessica joined U-Haul in 2001 as a Legal Secretary and climbed the ranks to become Chief of Staff in 2015. In her five years in this role, she had led the transformation of U-Haul to a workplace culture for health, instituting or promoting programs for healthy eating and nutrition, mental health, gym memberships, telehealth benefits, nicotine cessation, and more.
Senior Director of Employee Benefits
Janet Lucas-Taylor is the Senior Director of Employee Benefits for Northwestern Mutual, where she leads Employee Benefits Strategy and Implementation. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual Janet served as an Employee Benefits Consultant servicing large national employers in the areas of health care, wellness, and employee engagement and experience. Janet is passionate about employee benefits and how intelligent benefit design can help employees receive value from their overall benefits plans and lead healthier lives.
Janet lives in Mequon with her husband Stephen, daughter Petra and their dog Masha.
Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer, Oncology and Genetics
Jennifer Malin, M.D., Ph.D., is a Senior Medical Director, Oncology and Genetics, at UnitedHealthcare. In this role, she provides clinical and strategic leadership for improving the health and outcomes of cancer and genomic medicine for United Healthcare members.
After graduating from Harvard University, Dr. Malin received her medical degree and doctorate in public health from UCLA. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. A Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, she is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and is widely recognized for her research on the quality of cancer care. She has served on a number of advisory boards and national committees, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality of Care Committee and the National Quality Forum’s Cancer Steering Committee. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, she was the architect of the cancer care quality program at Anthem.
Dr. Malin continues her clinical practice by volunteering at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Health Care System. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her two children and three dogs.
Juliette McClendon, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. McClendon is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Psychology from Harvard University. She completed her post-doctoral training at VA Boston as an Advanced Women’s Health Fellow. Dr. McClendon studies the impact of stress on racial/ethnic disparities in health. Her key focus is on examining the role of racism and discrimination in shaping racial/ethnic mental health disparities, and identifying intervention approaches that can mitigate the impact of racism-related stress and trauma on health.
Dr. McClendon’s work has demonstrated that experiences of discrimination contribute to health disparities at the intersections of race, ethnicity and gender. Dr. McClendon is currently funded to evaluate an innovative intervention that targets racism-related stress and trauma to improve health and treatment engagement. Dr. McClendon serves as the Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for VA Boston and was a member of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP; American Psychological Association Division 12, Section III) Diversity Committee. Her dissertation research was supported by an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. In 2016, she was awarded the first SSCP Outstanding Student Diversity Research Award. She was a 2020 National Institutes of Health Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar.
International Policy and Global Programs Manager, Google People Operations
Cassandra "Cass" McSweeney is currently the International Policy and Global Programs Manager at Google. With over a decade of human resources experience, her portfolio has included clients across tech, non-profit, media, financial services, and government. Throughout her career, Cass has launched new global programs, led global leave of absence policies, and has strategized to improve the employee experience. In her role at Google, she has been responsible for leading overall policy management and program design for US life insurance and leave of absence programs within EMEA, APAC, LATAM, and Canada. Cass is also the Leave Optimization Forum co-chair for the Business Group on Health, and facilitates "#IamRemarkable" sessions to empower women and underrepresented groups. Cass holds a Master of Science in HR Development from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Old Dominion University. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling (when it's safe!) and taking spin classes on her Peloton.
Steve Miller, MD
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Steve Miller, a nationally recognized advocate for greater access, affordability and excellence in healthcare, leads all of the company’s clinical policy, quality and performance efforts. He was appointed Chief Clinical Officer for Cigna when the company acquired Express Scripts in December, 2018.
He formerly served as Express Scripts’ Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, responsible for supporting government relations, leading the Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, managing the Medical Affairs team, leading Government Affairs and interfacing with client groups. During his 12 years in that position, Dr. Miller focused on improving health outcomes and value through e-prescribing initiatives, specialty solutions and overall product development.
Dr. Miller’s expertise represents years as a medical researcher, clinician and administrator, and spans numerous healthcare subjects. He previously was the vice president and chief medical officer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Dr. Miller received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He trained in the Pathology and Research fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was the William J. and Dorothy Fish Kerr Fellow in Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Miller also did Internal Medicine training at the University of Colorado and Nephrology and Transplantation at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University.
Bipin Mistry, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Bipin Mistry MD is Chief Medical Officer at Transcarent overseeing the quality and performance of Transcarent clinical programs, provider networks, client support and employer savings program modeling. Bipin believes in driving value to members and employers utilizing his deep knowledge of population and episodic care delivery through both government and commercial programs.
Prior to joining the Transcarent team, he was an integral member of the episodes of care team for the nation’s largest bundle payment company that worked in both CMS and commercial programs. Bipin lead member and provider engagement strategies and provider care redesign in value-based care programs. He was an integral member of the commercial implementation team, helped to operationalize a commercial bundle payment program and developed quality metrics.
Bipin still maintains some clinical activity by providing hospital medicine services to acute and post-acute care settings in the Boston area. In addition, he spent 2-years at Harvard Business School, as a fellow working with Professor Michael Porter and Professor Robert Kaplan on value-based health care. His work included understanding patient level costs of care to drive process improvement and develop alternate payment models.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine, a member of the Royal College of Physicians and a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine. Dr. Mistry obtained his medical degree at Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, UK and MBA at Babson College, Wellesley, MA.
Chief Commercial Officer
Penny Moore brings over 25 years of healthcare experience in working with self-funded employers through executive roles with United Healthcare, Aetna, and leading growth strategies for early to mid-stage companies focused on improving population health through digital technology. Penny joined the Springbuk team in the spring of 2020, where she leads the Sales and Marketing teams through strategic initiatives and promotes new market development.
Don Mordecai, MD
National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness
Don Mordecai, M.D., is the Kaiser Permanente national leader for mental health and wellness. In this role, he leads national initiatives for Kaiser Permanente in the areas of care delivery, stigma reduction, and the use of technology to improve outcomes in mental health and addiction care.
Prior to these roles, Dr. Mordecai was director of mental health and addiction medicine for the Permanente Medical Group. He trained in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School and is adjunct clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School.
Senior Director, Global Benefits Strategy
Shawna Oliver prides herself in challenging the status quo and has spent 20 years in the health care industry doing just that. Over this time, she has worn many hats with most of the key stakeholders across the health care ecosystem – as an underwriter, as a consultant, within a health technology vendor, in operations, as the Head of US Benefits, and currently at a Fortune 250 company overseeing Global Health strategy. Her breadth of experience and understanding uniquely positions her to push for evolution with confidence.
In her current role, Shawna primarily provides strategic oversight to Manulife’s US, (known as John Hancock (JH)), Canadian and European benefits programs and helps lead the benefits CoE. Shawna has recently transformed JH’s benefits by aligning the programs with the mission and core values of the organization. She’s also fundamentally changed the way she and her team interact with their employees and retirees, carefully considering the five generations within their workforce---blending the old with the new. Shawna leveraged multiple forms of artificial intelligence to enhance employee experience while generating business efficiencies in her delivery model. These include chat-bots, a partnership with Amazon Alexa, and custom behavior health programs. Her current focus is applying all of her learnings to the mental health delivery model to create a market-leading approach for Manulife’s employees.
Shawna is currently working on her DBA at Drexel University, holds an MBA from the University of Oregon, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hartford in English and Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a Business Strategy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Ami Parekh, MD, JD
Chief Medical Officer
Grand Rounds Health
Dr. Ami Parekh, M.D., J.D., is the Chief Medical Officer at Grand Rounds where she leads clinical and provider strategies to accelerate the company’s leadership in employee health navigation. Dr. Parekh is passionate about using her skills and knowledge base to help as many people as possible facing healthcare decisions.
Prior to Grand Rounds, she was Chief Medical Officer for Population Health and Clinical Integration for UCSF Health, where she helped build the clinical, analytic, and organizational infrastructure to take on financial risk for populations. Dr. Parekh also previously worked for McKinsey and Company. She attended Yale Medical School and Yale Law School and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was named one of the 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2016.
Vice President of Health Solutions
Eric Parmenter is established as a national expert on health benefits and health improvement at work. A consultant with deep experience in health plan strategy, design, prevention care, and productivity and behavioral economics, Eric serves as the Vice President of Health Solutions at League, a benefit platform company in Canada and the US. A former executive at Collective Health, Evolent Health and principal with Towers Watson, he has worked in the employee benefits business for 30-plus years as an advisor to hospital and health system clients, developing health benefit and prevention care strategies that align with the health system’s population health business. Eric focuses on improving the poor health of healthcare workers and professionals as a first step to improving patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. He frequently speaks about the direct link between improving healthcare workers’ health and boosting patient satisfaction and quality outcomes.
Senior Manager, Healthcare & Well Being Strategy, M&A
The Boeing Company
Jason Parrott is Senior Manager of Healthcare & Well Being Strategy, M&A of The Boeing Company. Jason oversees the healthcare strategic direction of the Chicago-based $101 billion aerospace company. With roughly 150,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and top U.S. exporter.
Jason joined Boeing in 2012. Before that, Jason joined AT&T in 1994. He is Chairman of the Board for Midwest Business Group on Health, and a board member of Employer Health Innovation Roundtable, Integrated Benefits Institute, and Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute. Jason earned an M.B.A. and M.S. from Benedictine University, and Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University.
Director Benefits Planning and Communication
As the Director of Benefits Planning and Communication, Madelaine Pfahler has overall responsibility for the strategic planning of Oxy’s benefits programs as well as operational oversight for Oxy’s health and welfare, well-being, executive benefits, voluntary benefits, PTO and Time Away programs. Additionally, she leads all benefits related communication and oversees the company’s HR intranet portal.
In this role, she ensures that the company’s values are reflected in the programs and policies that impact Oxy’s employees and their families. She led the development of Oxy’s Time-Away Program in 2019, including the introduction of paid Family Care Leave. For the last two years, she has focused on the on the harmonization of benefit programs after Oxy’s acquisition of Anadarko.
Madelaine joined Oxy in 2006 and has served in a succession of roles in benefits and as an HR generalist. She spent 7 years with Oxy in Los Angeles, 2 years in Dallas and has been in Houston since 2015. Prior to joining Oxy, she worked as an HR/Operations Director in Silicon Valley for an early stage Kleiner Perkins funded start-up, where she wore multiple HR hats.
Madelaine was born and raised in Madison, WI and holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She spent 7 years working on her Ph.D. in Political Science and Health Care Policy and Administration at the University of Michigan but changed careers when she discovered that a career in research and teaching was not what brought her joy. Falling into HR and benefits was a happy accident that has driven her career since. She was fortunate to attend Semester at Sea during the Spring of 1988 and to attend Karl Marx University in Budapest, Hungary, through an exchange program with the UW-Madison, from 1989-90. She is also a DDI certified trainer.
Global Vice President, Payer and Emerging Business Networks
IBM Watson Health
Eric Piscini is Global Vice President, Payer and Emerging Business Networks for IBM Watson where he develops new business platforms and networks based on the latest innovative technologies. His primary focus is on life science and health care, food safety and supply chains.
Before joining IBM, Eric was the Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Reserve, a blockchain technology startup providing a revolutionary global supply chain solution across industries. Citizens Reserve is leading the SUKU project, building Supply Chain as-a-service ecosystem on blockchain.
From 2013 to 2018, Eric was the global blockchain leader for Deloitte Consulting and the co-lead of the global blockchain and digital assets team. As part of his global function, Eric developed blockchain strategies and solutions for his clients and lead teams to bring blockchain technologies to reality. Eric was designing and driving the first token sales consulting engagements. In May 2017, Bank Innovation said “Deloitte [is] making sure strides in leading the pack” in blockchain and that financial institutions "should follow Deloitte’s blockchain lead." In August, Constellation Research wrote that “Deloitte has the most comprehensive [blockchain] effort of any of the professional services firms."
Eric regularly speaks and writes on the business of blockchain. He has been interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Off the chain podcast, American Banker and CoinDesk.
He recently co-authored “Supply Chain meets blockchain” where he makes the case for transforming supply chain networks with blockchain. He also co-authored “Taking Blockchain Live: 20 Questions That Must Be Answered to Move Beyond Proofs of Concept,” which is informed by conversations with clients.
He earned a Masters in Computer Science from University of Paris VI, France and a Masters in Economics from Cergy-Pontoise, France.
Co-founder and CEO
Colin Quinn is the Founder and CEO of Included Health. Included Health is reimagining the way healthcare should be delivered to diverse populations. Today, Included Health is focused on creating a better healthcare experience for members of the LGBTQ+ community by connecting members to inclusive providers who understand their unique health needs. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, he understands firsthand the challenges members of the LGBTQ+ community face navigating their healthcare. He is passionate about raising care equality for underserved patient populations.
He lives in New York City and enjoys traveling (when allowed), reading and staying active through sports, hiking and Barry’s Bootcamp. Colin received his undergraduate degree in Finance at Butler University and has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Vice President, Human Resources
Suroor Raheemullah has about 20 years of global HR experience ranging from global benefits plan design and management, workforce analytics, M&A HR Diligence and integration, wellness management, global mobility management and crisis management. She oversees HR strategy at Dover which is a global manufacturing company with 18 operating companies in 40+ countries. Most recently, she is managing the global response effort across Dover to respond to Covid-19 and with a cross-functional team provided protocols and guidelines to all their operating companies on safety practices, labor considerations, HR decision making, communications, return to work analysis, and more. Through the benefits program, she sets strategic direction for healthcare and retirement benefit plan design, cost sharing philosophies, and wellness programs across 23,000 employees. She has developed a workforce analytics and planning strategy to create a culture at Dover to utilize data analytics to drive costs down, solve employment related problems, and bring more value added programs to the employees. Prior to Dover, she worked at Deloitte in their global employment practice managing large clients on international tax issues, policy consulting, strategic plan development for global mobility programs, as well as talent development strategies. Suroor holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also actively involved in community programs surrounding gender equity and services to those in impoverished areas.
Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, PhD
Vice President of Community Health & Social Impact
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, Ph.D. is proud to serve as Vice President of Community Health & Social Impact with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the largest health care insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region. In this role, Dr. Ramjohn leads philanthropic giving and authentic community engagement strategies where people live, learn, work, play, and seek care to drive measurable improvements on health. This intentional alignment of business impact, social impact, and health impact- with an eye toward equity- enables CareFirst to enhance the lives of members and the communities it serves.
Prior to joining CareFirst, Dr. Ramjohn spent five years with Kaiser Permanente as Director of Community Health developing measurement, evaluation, and high-impact strategies for the financial, material, and human resource investments across the Mid-Atlantic region that directly address the social determinants of health and promote health equity. A signature accomplishment was Future Baltimore, a flagship partnership for West Baltimore designed to address inequities that relate to economic opportunity, access to quality care, mental health and community safety in ZIP code 21223.
Creating conditions that promote health equity are at the core of Dr. Ramjohn’s personal and professional mission. Her work examines the role of anchor institutions, like universities and health systems, in generating economic and health impacts that minimize inequities, especially jobs, added years of life from better health, reduced use of emergency departments for primary care, and more. Dr. Ramjohn is a strategic disruptor and innovative change agent, enthusiastically implementing new ideas to ensure that large health systems’ policies, programs, and practices are aligned with an equity agenda.
Dr. Ramjohn’s work has been recognized through numerous honors and awards. In 2020, she was named one of the Maryland Daily Record’s “Very Important Professionals” an honor given to leaders 40 years old and under for their “professional experience, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change.” She was also recognized with the Maryland Daily Record’s “Healthcare Heroes” award in 2019 for advancements in healthcare innovation. In 2018, she won the Council on Foundations and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Award for Public-Private Partnerships. Dr. Ramjohn was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to the Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) which expands access to health care for low-income Marylanders. Since its inception, the CHRC has awarded 266 grants totaling $77.7 million, supporting programs in every jurisdiction of the state. She is a Board Member of the Maryland Philanthropy Network, a statewide membership association representing more than 130 organizations that together steward more than $9 billion in charitable assets.
Her research and work are guided by a strong desire to advance health equity using authentically inclusive, empowering, and evidence-based techniques to bring our nation’s most vulnerable from the margins of our society to the center of dialogue, advocacy, and power. She earned her doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Destiny-Simone lives in Baltimore City and actively gives her personal time, talent, and treasure to a range of organizations including the Harbor City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated, Fayette Street Outreach, Roberta’s House, Generation Hope, and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.
Senior Director of Benefits
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Philip Ransdell is Senior Director of Benefits for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. He is responsible for the management and strategic direction of Cracker Barrel’s health and welfare benefits and retirement plans.
Prior to joining Cracker Barrel, Philip was the Director of Benefits at The Kroger Co., senior manager of Benefits at Nissan North America as well as the senior manager of Health Plans at General Motors Corporation. Philip joined Cracker Barrel in 2014.
Philip earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from the University of Louisville. He has served on a variety of boards and committees, including Alive Hospice, Hospice of Cincinnati, HC21, National Business Group on Health and the Nashville YWCA.
Philip lives in Mount Juliet, TN. He is married to Jeanie Ransdell, has five children and five grandchildren.
Michael Rea, PharmD
Rx Savings Solutions
A former retail pharmacist, Dr. Michael Rea founded Rx Savings Solutions in 2008 after routinely witnessing consumers struggle to pay for medications. His research on behalf of patients uncovered ways to find equivalent therapies at lower costs, which became the foundation of the company’s groundbreaking technology. Throughout his career, Michael has studied the pharmacy industry and its pricing practices at all levels of the supply chain. His time with a large pharmacy benefit manager provided invaluable experience and insight for developing Rx Savings Solutions’ patented transparency solution. A graduate of the Creighton University School of Pharmacy, he is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on pharmacy, healthcare and entrepreneurship.
Health Benefits Lead
The Kroger Co.
Emily is responsible for the Company’s health benefit plans including the vendor management and developing the Company health strategy for over 120,000 associates.
Emily joined Kroger as a systems manager in Human Resources at Kroger’s Corporate headquarters in Cincinnati in 2006. From there, she held several benefit manager roles within the Corporate Total Rewards team. Emily was recently promoted to the Health Benefits Lead as part of the Total Rewards Center of Excellence at Kroger.
Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Ohio University’s College of Business in Athens, Ohio.
Emily was nominated as Progressive Grocer’s GenNext Award in 2019. This award recognizes emerging talent in food retail industry.
Emily lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband Brad and 3 children Benjamin, Charlie and Oliver.
Dean is the CEO of Freespira, Inc. maker of the first FDA-cleared digital therapeutic proven to significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms of panic attacks and PTSD in only 28 days. Dean is also a healthcare industry veteran and digital health pioneer with more than twenty years of digital health experience as a startup founder, CEO, venture capital partner and advisor to venture capital firms and digital health incubators and accelerators.
Steven Serra, MD
Executive Director of Physician Consulting
Steven Serra, MD, MPH, MSc, FACOEM, serves as the Executive Director of Physician Consulting within Aetna’s Plan Sponsor Insights business unit where he leads a team of senior Medical Directors in providing clinical consultation to Aetna’s Group Commercial customers focused on improving overall population health and helping plan sponsors reach their talent, financial and community goals. Dr. Serra is board certified in Occupational Medicine and board eligible in Aerospace Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He trained at the University of Utah where he completed his Occupational Medicine Residency and received a Masters’ of Public Health in Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety. Steven is also a graduate of the London School of Economics with an Executive Master’s in Social Business & Entrepreneurship. He is an active fellow within the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and in prior roles worked as a surgeon for United Airlines and Medical Director for DaimlerChrysler where he practiced occupational and aerospace medicine.
Director of Employee Benefits
As the Director of Employee Benefits at Navient, Christie Susi directs the overall design, implementation, and administration of benefit programs for over 6,000 employees. With over 20 years of Benefits experience, Christie expertly designs benefits strategies that improve the lives and overall health of Navient’s employees and their families. Prior to Navient, Christie was the Director of HR Services at Telerx and Director of HR at TCIM Services.
Vice President, Strategy and Analytics
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Mark Talluto serves as vice president, Strategy and Analytics, for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation's largest health insurer covering one-in-three of all Americans.
Talluto is responsible for BCBSA’s strategy function, which includes the management of Blue Cross Blue Shield Board-directed strategic assessments, market intelligence and strategic consulting services. Additionally, he directs the implementation and ongoing operations of national programs that have direct impact on BCBS companies’ channel strategies, including national retail partnerships. Talluto also oversees The Health of America Report series, which is a collaboration between the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Blue Health Intelligence that uses advanced analytics to report on key trends in healthcare to support improved quality and affordability for all Americans.
Talluto started his career in healthcare more than 20 years ago in strategic consulting services within the BCBS System. He spent nearly a decade working first in strategy, marketing and product development at Horizon BCBS of New Jersey and then as chief marketing and sales executive at Anthem BCBS of Maine. Before joining Blue Cross Blue Shield, he also served as senior vice president of Matria Healthcare, a population health and disease management company, where he was responsible for sales and account management in health plan and employer markets.
Talluto earned a master’s degree in health services administration from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University.
Vice President, Enterprise Employee Benefits and Well-Being
The Walt Disney Company
Pascale Thomas currently serves as Vice President of Employee Benefits and Well-being at The Walt Disney Company. Her professional experience includes a comprehensive brokerage and consulting track record followed by 20+ years of executive-level corporate Employee Benefits roles at high performing multinationals. Pascale has designed employee benefits programs that have won Plan Sponsor of the Year award nomination; Silver, Gold and Platinum NBGH Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles distinctions; AIVA’s The Communicator awards, and Working Mother and Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work rankings. Her health and wellness initiatives have been featured in industry forums including CNBC Healthy Horizons, Business Roundtable, Benefit Focus, Work Span, Plan Sponsor Magazine, Employee Benefit News, the Conference Board and the Employee Benefits Summit. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Group on Health, the Policy Board of Directors of the American Benefits Council, and the Board of Trustees of the Hyacinth Foundation. Past board-level service includes Bridges to Excellence, Leapfrog, and eHealth Initiative.
Director of Benefits and People Data
Tobie Tyler is the Director of Benefits and People Data at Trupanion, the fastest growing player in the pet medical insurance space. The Trupanion team has been taking care of pet owners for over a decade by offering simple, fair, and affordable pet insurance and became a publicly traded company in 2014. With over two decades of experience in employee benefits Tobie is responsible for the organization's data driven health, benefits and well-being strategy. She is passionate about building best-in-class employee experiences and making healthcare easy for employees to find, understand and use. She is an animal lover who lives in Washington state with her english cocker spaniel and tabby cat.
Chief Commercial Officer
Dickon is the Chief Commercial Officer at WithMe Health, a Medication Guidance Company. Prior to WithMe, Dickon was the Chief Commercial Officer at Big Health, a digital therapeutics company focused on mental health. Dickon's background is in management and strategy consulting, having spent the early years of his career at Monitor Group and Accenture advising pharmaceutical and medical device companies on their commercialization strategies.
Head of Global Pay & Perks
Amanda is a forward-thinking, dynamic and trusted Reward & Wellbeing leader working in one of the fastest-growing and most recognisable fitness apparel and accessories brands in the world which, as you can imagine, is an extremely fast-paced and continually evolving environment. As Head of Global Pay and Perks at Gymshark, Amanda believes that having the right partners and platforms helps Gymshark deliver their physical, mental and financial wellbeing agenda. However, at Gymshark, they don't stop at delivery; they continually review their data and communications to ensure that all of the benefits are relevant and actually utilised.
Senior Manager - North American Well-Being & Resilience Lead
A heart disease survivor, Julie believes she was given a second chance at life for a reason. She finds that that when she is sharing the inspiration behind her second chance with others, she is living into her life purpose.
Julie is the North American Wellness Lead for Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 Company, CEO and Owner of Seven By Julie Wilkes (a yoga and fitness studio), published author of The 7 Life Miracles, a Life Coach, a motivational speaker and an entrepreneur, owning several companies (storefront is at Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Towne Center), including: aromatherapy product lines, an online life coaching series and a public speaking academy. Julie has started meditation and yoga programs in the jails, homeless shelters, to veteran women with PTSD, amputees and underserved elementary schools.
Julie is currently a PhD student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and has a Master' s Degree in Education - Exercise Physiology from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor' s Degree in International Business from Marietta College. She has her Registered Yoga Teacher Training 200-hour certification with Yoga Alliance and fitness and pilates certifications from ACE, AFAA, ACSM, and Fitour. She also has a life coach certification from WellCoaches.
Program Manager, Employee Wellness
Learning Care Group
Becky Wiederhold is the Employee Wellness Program Manager of Learning Care Group, the second-largest for-profit early education and care provider in North America. As the Employee Wellness Program Manager, Becky is responsible for developing and administering the company's wellness strategy, vision, policies, and programs. Reporting to the Vice President of Total Rewards, she works closely with the company's corporate and school leaders, benefit vendor partners, and cross-functional stakeholders to maximize employee education, motivation, and support to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.
After spending over a decade working in early childhood, Becky knows the unique health, community, and caregiving needs of Learning Care Group's employee population-and believes that addressing these needs contributes to a strong future where everyone succeeds. More than just providing great benefits, Becky delivers opportunities for personal, social, and economic empowerment. Just this year, Becky has implemented benefit partners that specialize in reproductive health, family and financial planning, neurodiversity, musculoskeletal health, and overall wellbeing. She has built processes to better accommodate and support employees with diverse needs and disabilities, and has evolved the recognition program to cultivate connections among team member, celebrate achievement, and recognize dedication. She has been recognized for the contributions she has made on the Total Rewards Team and to the company as a leader.
Becky holds a Master's Degree in Education specializing in Training and Development from Central Michigan University.
Trenor Williams, MD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Williams is a family physician, entrepreneur, former health system executive and consulting leader and he most recently was the founder and CEO of Clinovations which he sold to the Advisory Board Company (ABCO) in 2014. In 2017, Dr. Williams co-founded Socially Determined in order to create an analytics platform that integrates the social determinants of health with clinical and claims data in order to quantify and visualize social risk and the specific impacts on health and healthcare outcomes. Socially Determined creates holistic models of people, the communities they live in, and their interactions with the healthcare system. Through that process, the company creates a SDOH risk score, a FICO score for healthcare, which will help health systems and health plans more comprehensively understand their patients and how to support them. With more than 20 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Williams’ unique perspective is formed at the intersection of healthcare and technology. He has an extensive understanding and knowledge in the implementation of healthcare technology, clinical process redesign, consumer market strategy development, and clinical adoption strategy development for leading healthcare stakeholders here in the United States and around the world. Before beginning his consulting career, Dr. Williams was the medical director of Family Practice at Mammoth Hospital in California. He also served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. Dr. Williams completed his family practice residency at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and received his Medical Doctorate from Marshall University.
Senior Vice President, Global Chief Innovation Officer
Aon Health Solutions
As the global Innovation leader for Aon’s health solutions business, Jim has responsibility for developing and implementing leading-edge solutions that enable employers to improve health and manage cost. He and his team leverage across Aon’s network of deep subject matter experts around the globe. He is dually focused on employer-oriented solutions as well as those focused on helping health care systems adapt and evolve in a changing health care market place.
Jim is a member of the firm's Executive Leadership Team.
Jim has been with the company since 1996. During this time, he has consulted with clients on overall health care strategy, health plan management, program design and implementation, health care consumerism, and pricing. He has extensive experience in health and welfare vendor selection, including the emerging solution landscape. With the continued focus on reforming the U.S. health care system, Jim is part of Aon’s cross-functional health care reform task force, and has testified before Congress on the important role of the employer in improving health and managing health care costs.
Previously, Jim served for four years as Legacy Hewitt’s business leader for Health Management Consulting, providing business direction and thought leadership for Hewitt’s 350-colleague, employer-focused health care consulting group. Preceding that operational role, Jim led the firm’s global health care Design and Development group, a team focused on leading-edge development of designs, offers, and consulting tools to assist clients with their domestic and international health and productivity needs.
Jim’s clients have included large employers in financial services, technology, energy, telecommunications, higher education, and information/research. Prior to joining the firm, Jim spent eight years working for a U.S.-based national health care company in underwriting, pricing, and marketing positions.
Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Hartford. As an extension of Aon’s thought leadership, Jim is Aon’s executive sponsor for the firm’s relationship with the Board of the Business Group on Health. He has served on boards for Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-Being, Institute on Health, Productivity, and Human Capital and Health Innovations Forum.
As the Well-Being Administrator at Molina Healthcare, Riley focuses on the whole person well-being by encouraging employees to learn about their physical, emotional, financial and work-life health. She has a personal investment in promoting emotional health in organizational culture and working in the well-being space allows her to break stigmas around mental health in the workplace. Riley recently graduated with a Masters in Human Resource Management with an emphasis on organizational leadership and change management and hopes to continue to positively impact organizational cultures by highlighting the value of whole-person well-being.